| Jan 19, 2014
From Sunday's print column Note that in the last quarter of 2013, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner raised about four times as much campaign cash as his three rivals combined in the March primary. Even if you don't count the......
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:29 AM
WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee said today it would continue its review of a $25,000-plus trip to Taiwan taken by Rep. Peter Roskam and his wife in 2011.
Roskam, 51, a Wheaton Republican who entered Congress in 2007, ranks No. 4 in his...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 1:07 PM
WASHINGTON--The House Ethics Committee today announced that after examining a $25,000 trip Rep. Peter Roskam and his wife took to Taiwan in 2011, there was “insufficient evidence” to show the travel was improper and “after careful...
| May 8, 2013
| 5:04 AM
Pat Brady’s resignation Tuesday as chairman of the state’s Republican Party was a move months in the making, an effort to leave on his own terms rather than being ousted for his support of gay marriage.
But in leaving the post, effective...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 11:28 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn joined labor and religious leaders at a Saturday morning demonstration calling for revised immigration laws.
Dozens gathered in Union Park on the Near West Side for the rally, held as part of a series of similar...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:13 PM
WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart, a retired general from downstate Illinois, said Thursday from the House floor that his wife had gotten a call from one of her best friends, a woman he said was angry, disappointed and frightened.
| Jul 26, 2013
| 5:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A trip to Taiwan that Rep. Peter Roskam took with his wife in 2011 has been referred to the House ethics committee at the urging of an outside panel that found he may have violated House rules and federal law in accepting the $25,000-...
| Feb 18, 2013
The promise/threat of party-crossover voting is almost always a phantom. Since Illinois' primary voting system allows voters to choose their party ballot on the day of the election (as opposed to pre-registering party affiliation), it's always possible...
| Jul 2, 2013
They can't agree on climate change. Fixing the rate increase on student loans? Nope. The farm bill remains in legislative limbo. Leave it to skin cancer to bring together warring Congressional Republicans and Democrats. U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15th...
| Aug 6, 2013
Wednesday's print column Emcee: Are you going to be on your best behavior? Crowd: No! This moment, from an NPR report on last weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kickoff for political campaigns in Kentucky, was yet another illustration of......
| Mar 23, 2011
| 10:38 PM
— Last Memorial Day, Sen. Dick Durbin traveled to a conference at a luxury beach resort on Tunisia's Mediterranean coast.
The Democratic senator and his wife, Loretta, stayed at The Residence Tunis, which is part of the exclusive "Leading Hotels of...